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HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN AND THE LITTLE MERMAID

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN AND THE LITTLE MERMAID | History Curiosity | Scoop.it
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The Somme - then and now

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Excellent post by Sue Purkiss about the price paid both on the military side and by the local inhabitants for the Battle of the Somme.

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The Demise of the Powdered Wig, 1795

The Demise of the Powdered Wig, 1795 | History Curiosity | Scoop.it
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Debunking the "short" claims of the past

Debunking the "short" claims of the past | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

We have all heard the claims: People were shorter in the past, and that is why old beds are so short. I am here today to tell you that both "facts" are hogwash! Well, mostly...

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Make Yourself at Home in a Georgian Town House

Make Yourself at Home in a Georgian Town House | History Curiosity | Scoop.it
History and floor plan of Regency era town houses in London and other English cities.
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The History Girls: RAGS BONES AND OTHER TREASURES PART TWO, by Leslie Wilson

The History Girls: RAGS BONES AND OTHER TREASURES PART TWO, by Leslie Wilson | History Curiosity | Scoop.it
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O. Henry, the Inmate Author

O. Henry, the Inmate Author | History Curiosity | Scoop.it
William Sydney Porter, better known as O. Henry, was a brilliant story teller--with a secret. He first used his pseudonym while doing time.
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Ladies and Gentlemen of Discernment: A Bartitsu Primer for Authors

Ladies and Gentlemen of Discernment: A Bartitsu Primer for Authors | History Curiosity | Scoop.it
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Ever wondered what bartitsu involved?

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Sin and Scandal: The Langworthy Case of 1887

Sin and Scandal: The Langworthy Case of 1887 | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

It's always interesting to stumble across long-forgotten scandals of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras.

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A novelworthy tale of duplicity...

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Sweet as Candy: A few notes on sugar in the Middle Ages

Sweet as Candy: A few notes on sugar in the Middle Ages | History Curiosity | Scoop.it
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Celia Fiennes and The Ayahs Home, a very short history walk

Celia Fiennes and The Ayahs Home, a very short history walk | History Curiosity | Scoop.it
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A tragic but fascinating forgotten piece of colonial history (in the sense of the English Empire.)

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Polly put the Kettle On

Polly put the Kettle On | History Curiosity | Scoop.it
Why British tea was so expensive and what happened as a result: smuggling and product contamination.
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Lonely Lives and Deaths – French Napoleonic Prisoners of War in Britain

Lonely Lives and Deaths – French Napoleonic Prisoners of War in Britain | History Curiosity | Scoop.it
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Antoine Vanner reviews a forgotten aspect of the Napoleonic Wars.

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Escape from the trenches

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Sue Purkiss delivers a poignant  WW1 story. I lived in Belgium for 16 years and never heard of Talbot House or the Poperinge execution post, which just goes to show: history curiosity is a lifelong pursuit.

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The Packhorse Trains

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How goods got to the cities in the 18th century.

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Carriages: a quick run-down

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Some quick tips for putting your historical fiction in motion.

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Victorian Men’s Hairstyles & Facial Hair A... | THE VINTAGE THIMBLE

Victorian Men’s Hairstyles & Facial Hair A... | THE VINTAGE THIMBLE | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

Victorian Men’s Hairstyles & Facial Hair
A collection of Victorian photographs, depicting some of the hairstyles and facial hair fashion of the time.

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Some of these guys are hot. A great roundup of inspiration for your next Victorian hero.

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English Epochs 101: In and Out of Jane Austen's Window

English Epochs 101: In and Out of Jane Austen's Window | History Curiosity | Scoop.it
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MM Bennetts provides a corrective to our rose-tinted idea of Austenland.

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Soil fertiliser

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Is it true that the pulverized bones of soldiers and horses who died at the battle of Waterloo were later sold as fertilizer?

 

I used to live in Waterloo... and put bonemeal on my garden. Just saying.

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The Groans of the Britons

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One of the most interesting eras of ancient British history is when the Romans left and everyone else moved in. 

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The Addicted Life of Thomas De Quincey

The Addicted Life of Thomas De Quincey | History Curiosity | Scoop.it
To eat. Begin with that verb: not “opium-addict,” nor “smoker” or “drinker”—though this last was most appropriate, since for most of his life Thomas De Quincey preferred laudanum, opium dissolved in an alcohol solution.
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A fascinating peek into drug addiction in the early 19th century, via its most famous victim.

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A Tax on Dogs

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One of the English government's weirder money-making schemes.

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The Royal Spy ~ Prince William Henry

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Interesting post from M.M. Bennetts, although I would love to know how you can be a spy when everyone knows who you are.

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Connected

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Laurie Graham talks telephone (numbers).

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Edwardian Housekeeping: Lighting

Edwardian Housekeeping: Lighting | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

At the start of the Edwardian era, the use of electricity gradually made its way from public buildings to smart homes in cities and newly-built houses in the suburbs.

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Strike a light!

Strike a light! | History Curiosity | Scoop.it
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How you lit up in the days before matches, and how the match cainto do being.

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